Guidance Department


Charlie Koch - Guidance Counselor

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Before coming to Baxter, Charlie spent five years as a counselor with the Youth Building Alternatives program in Portland. Previous to that, he worked as a school-based counselor in Bath.

He has a BA in Sociology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and an MS in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine.

Charlie has always enjoyed working in non-traditional educational settings, including experiential and outdoor education, as well as at an alternative high school. He believes strongly that everybody can learn but we all learn in different ways. Education should be student-centered, student-driven and supported by the school community. Teaching a student how to learn is as important as what they learn.

Fun facts about Charlie. He likes cooking, baking, woodworking, old motorcycles, and biking. He once spent a month biking around Nova Scotia.  He lives in Portland with his wife, two kids, two cats, and a dog.